Some early-season migratory bird seasons open in Sept.
Migratory bird hunting season for mourning doves, marsh hens (rails), teal, moorhens, purple gallinules, and Canada geese gets underway at various dates during the month of September. Woodcock and common snipe seasons begin later in the year or early 2011.
The annual Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations brochure will be available in early September after the regular duck seasons are finalized.
The 2010-2011 mourning dove season in South Carolina is Sept. 4-6 (noon until sunset); Sept. 7–Oct. 9; Nov. 20-27; and Dec. 21–Jan. 15. Legal hunting hours for mourning dove season, except for Sept. 4-6, are from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. The daily bag limit is 15 birds per day. An early season for Canada geese will be Sept. 1-30. This season is statewide. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. The daily bag limit for Canada geese during this early season is 15 birds.
The two-part season for marsh hens—including king, clapper, sora and Virginia rails—and common moorhens and purple gallinules will be from Sept. 8-12 and Oct. 6–Dec. 9. The daily bag limit for king and/or clapper rails is 15 birds per hunter and moorhens and/or purple gallinules is 15 birds per hunter. The daily limit for sora and/or Virginia rails is 25 birds per hunter. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.
The 2011 South Carolina season for woodcock will run Jan. 2-31. Three birds per hunter is the daily limit for woodcock. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.
The 2010-2011 season for common snipe, also called Wilson's snipe, will be Nov. 14–Feb. 28. The daily bag limit is eight birds. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.
The South Carolina early season for teal will be Sept. 15-30. The daily bag limit is four birds. Shooting hours are sunrise until sunset (not 30 minutes before sunrise, as with other migratory bird seasons).
South Carolina migratory bird hunters age 16 and older must have a state hunting license and a free Migratory Bird Permit. Additionally, participants in the September Canada Goose season and the early teal season must have the Federal Waterfowl Stamp and SC Migratory Waterfowl Permit. Completion of an approved hunter education course is mandatory for resident and nonresident South Carolina hunters born after June 30, 1979, to purchase a license, and voluntary for older and younger hunters.